National Theatre of Greece - Konstantinos Rigos

The Knights
by Aristophanes

The National Theatre of Greece presents The Knights, one of Aristophanes’ most explicitly political comedies, featuring a formidable cast under the helm of director Konstantinos Rigos, bringing together different worlds on stage. The main character, Paphlagonian, is inspired by Cleon, the politician who ran the Athens city state in the wake of Pericles’ death and Athenians’ triumphant victory over the Spartans in Pylos (425 BC). Through his portrayal of Cleon, Aristophanes launches a scathing attack on corrupt politicians and demagogues who use power for their own ends. The hilarious plot leads to the eternal question: are cunning, resourcefulness, and depravity typical of politicians, and if so, does the most conniving person invariably prevail on the political arena?

With Greek and English surtitles

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change